PLATTSBURGH — There has been some disappointing moments for the Plattsburgh State baseball team at Chip Cummings Field this season.
Sunday, however, was a good day for the Cardinals.
Plattsburgh swept an 11-10 and 5-4 doubleheader from Castleton State in non-conference play.
“There were a lot of positives today and less pressure on the players,” Plattsburgh coach Kris Doorey said. “It was a good day for us. We told the players that this was the start of our 2014 season.
“I talked with (Castleton) coach (Ted) Shipley before the game and we were in agreement to play our starters in the first game and then players, except for a couple, who don’t get a chance to play very often in the second game.
“There were opportunities for both of us to change our minds because of the different situations that came about in the second game. But we stuck to what we had agreed on.”
In the first contest, Kevin Briggs’ run-scoring single in the bottom of the ninth inning broke a 10-all tie and gave the Cardinals the victory.
The Spartans scored three runs in the top of the first and the Cardinals came back with five in the bottom of the inning. Plattsburgh held a 7-3 lead at one time and then needed three runs in the fifth to take a 10-8 advantage.
Castleton scored a run in the seventh and then one more in the eighth to pull into a 10-all tie.
Mike Mulvihill, who had a big day at the plate, Mat Chavez and Briggs led a 17-hit Plattsburgh offensive attack with three hits each. Matt Meunier and Shane Houppert chipped in with two each. Chris Pescetti, Nicholas Lupo and Jimmy Rosario each drove in two runs.
Allen White, Cameron Curler and Mat Pause paced the Spartans with three hits apiece, and Joe Borowski added two.